Fitch Ratings, the international credit rating agency has affirmed its BBB+ rating for KershawHealth and deemed the healthcare system's rating outlook as "stable." George Corbin, a member of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees and chair of the board's finance committee, gave his fellow trustees the good news at its July 23 meeting.
In response to a significant downturn in outpatient surgery volumes, KershawHealth announced Tuesday that it will close one active operating room. The move will eliminate one management position and five clinical and surgical positions. Two current vacancies in the surgical department will also not be filled. KershawHealth officials said in a press release that it expects to save approximately $600,000 each year with the operating room closure.
As with any other business in recent years -- profit or not -- KershawHealth has continued to look at its finances and respond to challenges. Once again, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees reviewed its financial challenges during its most recent meeting, April 29.
Another symptom of the economy, hospitals across the country are experiencing a higher number of drug shortages on a more frequent basis. KershawHealth can experience those shortages, too, but has processes in place that, in effect, keep patients from really even noticing.
By summer, Palmetto Health will be handling all laboratory services for KershawHealth. The KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to enter into a five-year agreement with Palmetto Health to provide day-to-day management of KershawHealth's primary laboratory on its main campus and its lab at KershawHealth's Outpatient and Urgent Care Center in Elgin. KershawHealth will continue to manage its lab at the West Wateree Medical Complex.
KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie J. Weeks was elected to the South Carolina Hospital Association Board of Trustees (SCHA) at the association's annual meeting Jan. 30. Weeks previously served on the SCHA board and was chairman in 1994.
After nearly 10 years, KershawHealth's MRI unit is making way for a newer, more advanced and efficient replacement. The KershawHealth Board of Trustees approved the nearly $2 million purchase at its Jan. 23 meeting.
(The online version of this story has been modified to correct an error in the fourth paragraph. Originally, the C-I erroneously attributed the term "perfect storm" to a statement by Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO David Pankau instead of to BCBS board chairman Ed Sellers, as indicated here, who was a speaker at the KershawHealth Foundation's recent Baruch Dinner in November. The C-I regrets the error.)
Dr. Martha S. Tingen, a graduate of Joseph Kershaw Academy and the daughter of Bruce and Mildred Smith of Evans, Ga., and formerly of Camden, has been named the inaugural Charles W. Linder Endowed Chair in Pediatrics at Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU) in Augusta, Ga.
Maggie Davis was 12 years old when she began babysitting for the late Dr. David Joseph on Kennedy Drive. The Josephs had just moved to Camden from Georgetown in 1953. Eight years later, after graduating from high school in 1961, David Joseph, who died in 1992, hired Davis to work in his dental practice's lab.
KershawHealth kicked off National Nurses Week on May 6 with a reception and announcement of its latest DAISY Award winner. While many of the hospital's nursing staff attended the celebration, KershawHealth Chief Nursing Officer Stacy Collier noted some irony in the joy.